The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials - engineered organic beings identical to humans - has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.
Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic-in-training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws have pushed what's left of humanity to the brink of civil war, and she's not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will find that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them - connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there.
Dan Wells, acclaimed author of I Am Not a Serial Killer, takes readers on a pulsepounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question - one where our humanity is both our greatest liability and our only hope for survival.
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My favorite genres are absurdist humor, Sci-fi & modern fantasy, but, as you can see, I'll read just about anything. Don't mind the typos.
I lost interest pretty quickly. Too busy and unfocused to get you hooked on the story. Good idea just wasn't into it.
After a slow start, Dan Wells hooked me in and I'm now hanging out for the sequel so much so that I may have to purchase an actual book instead of buying it from Audible! ('Fragments' the sequel doesn't appear to be on audio book yet *sadface*)
The beginning felt a little weighed down by backstory and medical jargon. But I'm glad I stuck with it. The quality of the writing kept me going at first and then the story kicked up the action and I was hooked. Keira, the main character annoyed me at times but by the end of the book I'd grown to love her.
My one complaint would be a lack of romance. All the connections are there but I feel like the author fails to give us any really satisfying romantic connections. Still, it makes for good tension and I hope there is some pay off for romantics in book two.
As for the performance by Julia Whelan - it was my favourite so far of the books I've listened to on Audible. She had just the right tone, I enjoyed her voices and her intensity was spot on. I will look out for more reads by her.
Overall, a good story about an intriguing world. If you like the new TV series Revolution, you may just like this.
I wasn't sure what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised. The performance by Julia was quite good and the story was interesting. I will say that I was able to guess some of the plotlines before they happened. But this is a YA book after all. I am getting a bit fatigued by the "strong female" characters in the YA books. All the men are weak and not very creative, while the Kira character is absolutely fearless. A little hard to believe. Anyway, I enjoyed it, but could have done without some of the curse words in the book. No F bombs or GDs, but some PG13 curses now and again. The author is very descriptive and I feel like I can see Kira's world in my mind's eye. That's the joy of books. You won't be disappointed. I'm about to start the next book in the series. Looking forward to it.
I rely heavily on reviews because I listen to a lot of books on tape. If you are a young adult or teen then this is probably right up your alley. Not on par with hunger games or divergent. Sorry.
You have to suspend a lot of disbelief. I just can't believe a 16-year-old girl would have that kind of medical knowledge, ability to understand those medical concepts. A nice piece of fluff but not for grown adults.
I wouldn't make it through college without my audiobooks.
I, like so many others, am stuck in this dystopian kick. I just can’t get enough. There are quite a few not-so-good stories out there, and, thankfully, Partials is not one of those.
Firstly, since it is an audiobook, I must comment on Julia Whelan’s performance. At first her pacing felt slow, but within five minutes I go used to it – plus you can always use the speed-up function if her pace annoys you. However, I absolutely loved her ability to give each character a unique tone that made their dialogue distinguishable. She’s great.
The first thing I love about the story is all of the characters’ maturity. Yes, they all are in the 15-19 age range, but they have the maturity level of college students – or at least Kira, the protagonist, does. A theme throughout the book is whether age is a signifying of adulthood, and I appreciate that they are not on the maturity levels of teeny-boppers.
Carrying on from the maturity thing, yes there is romance, but it is NOT the primary focus of Kira. I like that. I can’t stand it when a war is literally outside a character’s window, and her relationships are all she can think about. I also can’t help but love a YA female character who is dependent on her own strength and doesn’t NEED a man to survive.
Lastly, something I adored is the fact that there is literally non-stop action. It is a longer audiobook, so it is awesome that so much action is spread throughout the entire book.
It is definitely worth a listen. I definitely recommend reading this If you enjoyed (or I recommend reading these if you liked Partials):
Divergent by Veronica Roth, Hunger Games, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, Uglies by Scott Westerfiled, or Delirium by Lauren Oliver.
I am an avid reader, mother of two, fangirl, nerdfighter, Chicago Cubs enthusiast and NASA supporter.
I actually started listening to this book while I was having a round of pretty unpleasant dental work and I have to say that it was still quite enjoyable! (The book, not the dental work.) Partials is a long and slow build up which was nice because I really felt like the author took time to build this world. The details about life after a total breakdown of society and its rebuilding was very interesting. The combination of things we know now, things that would be lost in this situation, and advancements that were made created a place that felt very real to me as a reader. The pandemic that caused the societal breakdown has had a devastating effect on infants and childbirth. (Please note that the first scene in this book involves the death of a baby.) It reminded me a little bit of Children of Man in that the survival of humans is in peril because of a lack of children. Everything hangs on the cure for RM. Kira is a smart and capable heroine who I really grew to like. Her bravery did not seem over the top, which I think helped me relate to her. The characters were all well formed and the very subtle romance added to the story without overwhelming it. As the plot slowly reveals itself, the story becomes more and more engrossing. For a book that was very long, it was paced in a way that never seemed to drag.
The performance was part of the reason why I liked this book so much. The narrator did a good job of voice differentiation and tone so that I always knew who was talking. The emotion with which it was read helped keep the story going. Overall, I thought that Partials was an excellent story with great world building and a riveting plot. If you are like me and have been putting off reading this book, you might want to try experiencing this book through audio.
I have always loved to read. Discovering audible has been great for a multitasker! Sorry for any misspells on reviews!
The suspense of the last half of the book. The parallels of the political and social structure with ours. People say they are doing things, making rules for the greater good but it is really about maintaining power. The struggles of the people who question their beliefs because they understand the rules in one sense and yet when it personally effects them they feel violated, for example the law of every woman 18 or over ( then 16) being required to be pregnant until they are past childbearing age
Samm, his struggles with his programmed responses over his individual ideas and beliefs
I always love an animated narrator, as even a good book can be dull with a monotone reader
The first half I took breaks, the second half I had to listen to until way past bedtime to finish
Happy that the second book is coming soon!
As a mom of teenagers, I spend a lot of time in the car, and a lot of that time is spent listening to Audible. Because of that, I tend to listen to a lot of YA novels, and my reviews will include the "Mom View" of cussing, sexuality, etc...
A dystopian novel that stands out for it's surprising twists... The other reviewers mentioned the "surprise" in the novel, and I found myself thinking several times, "Aha! That's it!" But no, it's more a series of surprises that kept me distracted from the final, biggest surprise. Well written, well-developed characters, and the narration was easy to follow. I would definitely recommend this to others.
**Definitely YA-friendly! I don't remember much, if any, cussing, and there is no sexuality beyond a little kissing.
Not at first, but it got a lot more interesting the second half and I couldn't put it down.
This is a very clean book. There is no sex, foul language, or gruesome descriptions of violent acts. I highly recommend this book. It's a great read. I really hope they come out with a second book.
Really hard to believe that a 15 year old can learn more about a disease then any of the actual doctors and scientists researching this thing for 11 years. Give me a freaking break. No real medical or scientific training or experience does not qualify you to be a reasonable researcher. The entire concept was ridiculous.
Predictable and unbelievable even as science fiction.
"A satisfying read or listen"
This was an interesting one. I started listening to this one having not decided on anything that I really wanted so pulled this one out of the blue and to be honest I am kinda glad that I did.
This was an interesting story and it did have its good moments if not large amounts of it were predictable but it didn't detract from the story.
The reading of it is very decent too Julia Whelan is a good narrator and paces this book very well. The science I find sometimes a little unresearched as in someone takes a blood sample from the surface of the skin, now unnles I misunderstood the book or Biology (as I am certainly no biologist) that means the blood could get infected by sources in the air so it isnt a clean sample... anyway that was a minor thing but it in no way impacted the book for me to say "oh this totally wasnt believeable and I hated it because of bad science."
Also the ending without spoiling it kinda left me going "umm is there supposed to be a sequel for this?"
Turns out there is, and its out in 2013 and I will be continuing the series so it has its draw back quality, in my view anyway.
The book is good, the narration is good and it was worth my credit I would say go try it out, you may be pleasantly suprised.
Unless you cant stand bad science (and I know you people exist) which the one moment I pointed out may have you writhhing around in agony in which case go stick to your Peter Hamilton (or go anc check him out anyway, something a bit more hardcore)
I really enjoyed listening to this story, the story line was interesting and just when you thought you'd figured it out there was a twist. I can't wait to get the next book!
"Boring at 1st but gets MUCH better"
I liked the characters, some funny sarcastic parts too
this is my 1st one
I like Marcus and Samm
nearer the end, it redeems it's self, it's boring at first though but sticking with it is worth it.
It's no Hunger Games, It's no Maze runner its sort of a bit of both a lot of medical info and thinking parts, if you want to work things out, get a bit lost but eventually come across a real good read then this is the book for you.
"Very good story"
Interesting. Different. Addictive.
I haven't read/listened to a book like this before. It's a very different story than what I usually go for. But now I'm addicted and am half way through the second one, and have already bought the third.
Very easy to listen to.
Yes but it's a spoiler!
Definitely give it a go. You need to pay attention though, it can sometimes get confusing as it doesn't always explain how the story starts properly.
"Complex and interesting!"
A complex teen book set in the future after a phantom virus 'RM' kills most of the world's population. Add in an army of man-made 'humans' (aka partials) - gentically engineered to be superior, and you have the basis for this book. It follows the last human settlement, with idealistic 'plague babies' and conservative survivors... It's a good book and good for those who want something substantial from a book. This audiobook is well narrated and clear. Don't forget to get the second book too - fragments - a great continuation with similar complexity.
Great was gripped through out and was full of unpredictable twists and turns would recommend
"Gripping from beginning to end"
While I'm a man in his forties I do love literature aimed for the younger listers.
The story had me hooked from the start and made my daily commute to work a pleasure.
I'm away now to download the second book.
"Not as imaginative as I'd hoped"
This book struck me as pinching ideas from others such as Maze, Hunger Games, etc. The science is a bit ropey and the thought of a 16 year old girl achieving what she does...hmmm.
I found the narrator's voice a bit irritating at times, e.g. when she was trying to do a male voice.
I am undecided whether to try others from this author/narrator.
I couldn't comment as I've only listened to this book on Audible
As I took a gamble on this book, author and narrator I'm not sure ... as this isn't my usual choice
Julia Whelan is a delightfully clear reader, with just the right amount of feeling and depth for each character
Absolutely, I had to tear myself away!
The only negative thing about this book is that I don't feel this is a good standalone book and maybe there could be a note or warning about that.After reading the comments from a review by an audible member I almost didn't buy this book, however, I'm so glad I did.The book is well written and wonderfully descriptive. The story moves along at a good pace. The characters are colourful and varied. Finally the storyline keeps you entertained and the characters keep you hooked.I'm off to get book 2
wasn't awful wasn't great. no ground breaking story just meh. the fact they call the oceans the sound they would still have books with maps in them and know the real town names...
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